Wolf Report

Legal references on this page apply to England.

14-16s College Funding

College places for home educated 14-16s in England are free. Home educated young people aged 14-16 in England are able to attend college part-time or full-time and the Government (Education Funding Agency) will pay for the course. It is up to the colleges whether or not to admit under-16s. These students can do any course agreed by the college, not just a designated 14-16 course, although many colleges still don't offer GCSE courses. The rules are different for home educated young people because the parent retains responsibility and so the college does not have to make special arrangements for pastoral care or offer a full curriculum. DfE says arrangements are between the parents and the college and do not need to involve the local authority at all."

Compulsory English and Maths 16+

Nick Boles Letter IGCSEs

The new 16+ funding arrangements mean that students must study mathematics and English if they haven't achieve a GCSE grade C or equivalent in these subjects by the age of 16.

This could potentially have caused a problem for home educated students who are generally not able to take GCSE English because of the issue of controlled assessments and there was some confusion over whether 'unregulated' IGCSEs (ie not 'Certificate IGCSEs') counted as equivalent.

We are pleased to report that the Department for Education has now recognised that the IGCSEs taken by home educators will count as equivalent "for the foreseeable future." Please see the letter from the Minister for Skills and Equalities which can also be seen as a larger jpg here or downloaded as a pdf here

The letter says "Thank you for your letter ... about the treatment of students holding unregulated IGCSEs in English and mathematics, and the implementation of the Education and Funding Agency Condition of Funding. I am pleased to confirm that for the foreseeable future, English and mathematics IGCSEs will count as equivalent to GCSEs for the purposes of recognising prior attainment in the 16 to 19 English and mathematics Condition of Funding. This means that students who hold IGCSEs in English and mathematics at grades A* -C will not have to continue their study of these subjects when they enter Further Education at the age of 16. Department for Education officials will update their published guidance to reflect this position. Nick Boles, Minister for Skills and Equalities, November 2014

The DfE web page was updated in February 2015 to include "unregulated IGCSEs" Link

IGCSEs 2018

In September 2014 the Department for Education said that IGCSE English will count as equivalent until 2018. Please see the letter from the Secretary of State Nicky Morgan which can be viewed as jpg here or downloaded as a pdf here

English and Maths Funding Condition

"Any student not studying maths and English in academic year 2014 to 2015 who should be doing so is due to be removed from the lagged student numbers used to calculate allocations for academic year 2016 to 2017. In light of in-year data showing that 97% of 16 to 19 year olds without GCSE A*-C English and/or maths attending an FE institution continued their study of these subjects in 2014 to 2015, ministers have decided not to apply the English and maths funding condition in full in academic year 2016 to 2017.

For academic year 2016 to 2017 allocations only, a 5% tolerance will be applied. Funding reductions will therefore only apply to institutions where more than 5% of students (by value) without A*-C GCSE in English and/or maths did not enrol on an approved qualification in these subjects. Funding for these institutions will be removed for each student above the tolerance level at half the national funding rate, rather than 100% as originally planned. Details can be found on GOV.UK. As previously announced the condition of funding is revised from the current academic year 2015 to 2016. To meet the condition all full-time students starting their study programme who have a grade D GCSE or equivalent in maths and/or English must be enrolled on a GCSE or approved IGCSE qualification in maths and/or English. EFA Letter January 2016 via this page

NB this was EXTENDED TO 2017-18 in November 2016. EFA bulletin TES article

Funding Bands

There are five funding bands which are explained in this useful video from the EFA. From 2016 students are funded depending on the number of planned hours, as set out in the Funding Rates and Funding Guidance/Regulations

'Fast Track' GCSE 1 Year College Course

Exeter College Cornwall College North Hertfordshire College


EBacc compulsory GCSE subjects in schools, DfE press notice June 16th 2015: 'pupils starting secondary school this September must study the key English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects of English, maths, science, history or geography, and a language at GCSE' ALTHOUGH 'The government recognises the EBacc will not be appropriate for a small minority of pupils and so we will work to understand this and be clear with schools what we expect for this minority of pupils. The detail will be set out in the autumn and there will be a full public consultation on these proposals.'

Summary Wolf Report

The Wolf Report on Vocational Learning in England was published in March 2011.

  • End perverse incentives for colleges paid-by-result to offer lower-grade qualifications.
  • 16 to 18 year olds without GCSE English and maths must continue to study those subjects up to 19.
  • Extend funding to enable 19-24s to take GCSE maths and English
  • Aim to fund coherent programme of learning for 16-18s rather than funding individual qualifications
  • Ofqual to look at reforming GCSE resits ie exams to be taken only at end of course
  • Greater focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar for GCSEs
  • Govnt to develop new performance indicators for 16+ English and maths progression
  • Apprenticeship programmes must offer GCSE maths and English to those without qualifications
  • Continued promotion of University Technical Colleges + renewed emphasis on Studio Schools
  • New funding system for college 14-16 from September 2013
  • Govnt to encourage colleges to take more 14-16s
  • Re-evaluate Foundation Learning to see what best helps under 16s to progress to GCSEs in maths and English
  • Development of new Maths and English qualifications to enable progression to GCSEs
  • Govnt wants vocational qualifications to have element of external assessment plus exam
  • Govnt to identify best 14-16 vocational qualifications and recognise them in performance tables
  • Changes to schools/college funding

Five funding bands 16+ education.

Useful Links

Ofqual GCSE and A level Reform December 2014

Delays to Maths AS and A Level Change New Maths AS and A level changes put back, 1st teaching now September 2017
Ofqual consultations ALL ON ONE PAGE GOV.UK
Timeline of changes to GCSEs, AS and A Levels GOV.UK November 2014
Wolf Review
Funding Guidance 14-16, July 2014
English and Maths statistics 2013
guidelines for new 16+ Maths qualifications
Liz Truss Maths qualifications speech 2013
My email to FE colleges September 2013 http://edyourself.org/collegeemailsep2013.pdf
My email to FE College June 27th 2013 http://edyourself.org/emailtocollegejune2013.pdf
EFA e-bulletin issue 39 November 2013 (issues with ILR)
Email from DfE to LA May 2013 http://edyourself.org/collegefundingemailsmay2013.pdf
Email to home educating parent April 2013 http://edyourself.org/parentcollegeemail.pdf
Letter to local authorities April 2013 http://edyourself.org/14-16collegeletter1.pdf
Letter to FE colleges April 2013 http://edyourself.org/14-16collegeletter2.pdf
Government Response to 16-19 Accountability Consultation March 27th 2014
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vocational-qualifications-for-14-to-19-year-olds updated April 1st 2014
January 2014 Core Maths 16+ courses should be designed to be taken over two years and are expected that to be around half the size of an A level.
ACME's response to the Ofqual consultation on new A level regulatory requirements Maths January-2014
Information on the advanced (level 3) qualifications that will count towards the TechBacc measure for teaching from September 2014 DfE December 16th 2013
New technical and vocational qualifications DfE/BIS announcement December 2013
List of approved Level 3 vocational qualifications (16-19 tech level + applied general) published by DfE/BIS December 2013
Accreditation Prior Learning, ASDAN 16+
http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/speeches/a00222547/ioe-open-lecture-on-a-level-reforms Institute of Education open lecture on A-Level reforms Elizabeth Truss, March 7th 2013
http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00224304/techbacc-accounced DfE TechBacc announcement April 22nd 2013
DfE Announcement July 2012 on Raising Participation Age from 2013 Timetable for implementation Education Act 2011
DfE Announcement October 2011 New Rules for Vocational qualifications
New engineering qualifications 14-to-16s
Changes to league tables for GCSEs October 2013
Graham Stuart revised GCSE accountability measures October 2013
Ofqual July 2013, changes to GCSEs and A Levels
2011 end GCSE modules, spelling, punctuation grammar marks exams
Autism: 4 colleges supporting transition
Supported internships FE colleges SEN
2014 archived page as pdf

Link Reference

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  1. http://edyourself.org/articles/14-16collegeFAQ.php http://edyourself.org/articles/14-16collegeFAQ.php
  2. the issue of controlled assessments http://edyourself.org/articles/exams.php#controlledassessment
  3. North Hertfordshire College http://www.cornwall.ac.uk/courses/gcse-fast-track-programme
  4. The Wolf Report on Vocational Learning http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-00031-2011
  5. Wolf Review http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/qandlearning/a00218341/wolf-review-re
  6. guidelines for new 16+ Maths qualifications http://www.acme-uk.org/media/13699/final%2007october2013,%20expert%20panel%20on%20core%20mathematics
  7. http://edyourself.org/collegeemailsep2013.pdf http://edyourself.org/collegeemailsep2013.pdf
  8. http://edyourself.org/emailtocollegejune2013.pdf http://edyourself.org/emailtocollegejune2013.pdf
  9. EFA e-bulletin issue 39 November 2013 http://education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/departmentalinformation/transparency/h00229303/issue-39
  10. http://edyourself.org/collegefundingemailsmay2013.pdf http://edyourself.org/collegefundingemailsmay2013.pdf
  11. http://edyourself.org/parentcollegeemail.pdf http://edyourself.org/parentcollegeemail.pdf
  12. http://edyourself.org/14-16collegeletter1.pdf http://edyourself.org/14-16collegeletter1.pdf
  13. http://edyourself.org/14-16collegeletter2.pdf http://edyourself.org/14-16collegeletter2.pdf
  14. ACME's response to the Ofqual consultation on new A level regulatory requirements Maths January-2014 http://www.acme-uk.org/news/news-items-repository/2014/1/acme's-response-to-the-ofqual-consultation-
  15. Accreditation Prior Learning, ASDAN 16+ http://www.fenews.co.uk/fe-news/getting-the-balance-right-within-16-19-study-programmes
  16. http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/speeches/a00222547/ioe-open-lecture-on-a-level-reforms http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/speeches/a00222547/ioe-open-lecture-on-a-level-reforms
  17. http://edyourself.org/ofstedlearningskillsinspectors.pdf http://edyourself.org/ofstedlearningskillsinspectors.pdf
  18. http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00224304/techbacc-accounced http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00224304/techbacc-accounced
  19. http://www.fenews.co.uk/fe-news/fe-sector-responds-to-techbacc-plans http://www.fenews.co.uk/fe-news/fe-sector-responds-to-techbacc-plans
  20. Timetable for implementation Education Act 2011 http://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php
  21. DfE Announcement October 2011 New Rules for Vocational qualifications http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00199719/all-vocational-qualifications-to-be-judged
  22. Graham Stuart revised GCSE accountability measures October 2013 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/15/transforming-gcse-rankings-pupils-teachers
  23. Ofqual July 2013, changes to GCSEs and A Levels http://dmtrk.net/BTP-1QPTF-60290CWAAD/cr.aspx
  24. 2011 end GCSE modules, spelling, punctuation grammar marks exams http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00200883/end-for-gcse-modules-and-spelling-punctuat
  25. Autism: 4 colleges supporting transition http://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/page/what_we_do/campaigning_change/fasprogramme/about.cfm
  26. Supported internships FE colleges SEN http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/send/changingsen/b00211325/sen-supported-internsh
  27. 2014 archived page as pdf http://edyourself.org/wolfarchive.pdf